Born in Toledo, Ohio he moved to Manatee County in 1987 from Stamford, CT. He is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Ann (Odoski), originally from Cleveland, OH. Together they were blessed with nine children, four boys and five girls.
Fran was preceded in death by his eldest son, Thomas O’Connor of Louisville, KY and is survived by his three sons, Joseph of Exton, PA (wife Jean), John of Orange, CT (wife Julia), and Martin of Barre, VT (wife Louise); and five daughters, Mary Chamberlin of Sun City Center, FL (husband Marc), Kathleen Creedon of Cross River, NY (husband Larry), Sara Russell of South Windsor, CT (husband Doug), Amy Berdusco of Bradenton, FL (husband Roger), and Jean Gallati of Fairfield, CT (husband Chris).
Fran also took great joy in his role of loving grandfather to 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Fran was a true family man who drew much satisfaction from his “one, big, happy family.”
Fran was inquisitive by nature and strongly supported education. After completing high school, he enlisted in the Navy, serving during WWII. He also continued his education, studying mathematics and law, eventually becoming a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Fran worked his entire professional career for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, a national grocery store chain. He was the Director of Budgets and Controls, when he retired in 1987.
Fran loved the water. He enjoyed swimming in pools, lakes and oceans. He also enjoyed tennis and golf, especially in his retirement years at Palm Aire Country Club. He made lots of good friends there and at his church, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, where he was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 833 Magellan Drive (9th Street East), Sarasota, FL, 34243. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 342047 are managing the arrangements.
Private condolences can be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Fran’s honor to your choice of charity that supports children.